Player News - Sharks

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Justin Braun and the San Jose Sharks have engaged in preliminary contract extension talks.

Braun isn't scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent until 2015, but it's not surprising that the Sharks would be interested in locking him up now. He averaged 20:59 minutes per contest in 2013-14 and might top that next season now that Dan Boyle's gone. He should get a big pay increase after he completes his current three-year, $3.75 million contract.
Jul 28 - 5:09 PM

Defenseman Mirco Mueller, at 19, may well make the San Jose Sharks next season.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has gone on record as saying he would like his team to be more youthful next season and NHL.com suggests "Mueller could have the best chance to break through and make the team out of training camp." The Sharks traded veteran defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart. Although Brent Burns is returning to defense after spending last season as a forward, and veteran Scott Hannan re-signed, there are spots to be won on defense, and Wilson has said Mueller is among the top young candidates. The Sharks chose Mueller with the 18th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft. "He's a really solid player," Sharks forward Matt Nieto said of Mueller. "He's a really smooth player who makes all the right decisions. . . He's got a good defensive stick. I think he's got a really good chance of making the team out of camp. . .He's got a lot of skills. He can handle the puck really well. He's got a good shot."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 26 - 10:54 AM

Logan Couture feels Joe Thornton doesn't deserve to have the captaincy taken from him.

There's been some speculation that might happen after Thornton made it clear that he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause. The Sharks might have otherwise shipped him off to jump start their rebuilding effort. Instead, Couture is hoping the Sharks "come back a lot stronger, a lot hungrier" after blowing a 3-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. "It's probably the toughest loss I've been through… It was pretty devastating. It's really stuck with me the whole summer," Couture said.
Jul 22 - 2:49 PM

Taylor Doherty has signed a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Doherty had 15 points and 11 penalty minutes in 69 AHL games last season. "Taylor is a big body who has developed his game over the last several years," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We look forward to watching him compete to make our club this coming season."
Jul 17 - 9:30 AM

Jason Demers has signed a two-year, $6.8 million contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

With that, the Sharks and Demers have successfully avoided arbitration ahead of their July 22 hearing date. He's coming off of a breakout season where he scored five goals and 34 points in 75 games. The fact that it's a two-year deal makes a lot of sense for San Jose as it will give Demers a chance to prove that he's capable of continuing to perform at that level before they potentially make a long-term commitment.
Jul 16 - 4:22 PM

Julius Bergman has signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Bergman was taken with the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 34 points in 43 games in Sweden's junior league last season.
Jul 16 - 1:25 PM

Right winger Matt Nieto expects a bigger role with the San Jose Sharks next season.

In 66 games with San Jose last season, the right winger had 14 goals and 10 assists. He recognizes expectations have changed for him. "Yeah, I think next year I want to build off last season. I want to contribute more, I want to bring more to the table," Nieto said. "I'm sure all the rest of the guys in the locker room are saying that, too. What happened last year is unacceptable." The increased role for younger players likely would come at the expense of playing time for veterans such as Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but Nieto doesn't see that as making things awkward in the locker room. "We're a tight group. I think all of us will do whatever it takes to win," Nieto said. "Whatever their roles, whatever the coach wants from them or expects from them I think guys are going to do."
Jul 12 - 10:14 AM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that he still has high expectations for the team in 2013-14 after previously saying that they're committed to a rebuild.

Wilson hasn't been able to change the team's roster in any major way since they collapsed in the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings. Wilson said that when he was talking about rebuilding the team, he was referring more to their culture and hierarchy. "I can understand when people say there are different types of rebuild," he said. "We're not going to finish last to try and draft people first or second. This is not something this franchise can do, because we already have some good players in key positions. You're not going to see us with 50 points next year -- we're too good a team for that."
Jul 11 - 10:12 AM

San Jose agrees to a two-year deal with Matt Tennyson.

Tennyson had seven goals and 21 points in 54 AHL games in 2013-14. He also had two assists in four games with the Sharks.
Jul 11 - 9:29 AM

Micheal Haley has signed a one-year deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Haley would be a league leader in penalty minutes if he ever spent a full season on a team's fourth line. However, he's far more likely to spend the bulk of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.
Jul 10 - 7:22 PM

Scott Hannan has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Hannan had 12 points and 55 penalty minutes in 56 games in 2013-14. It's likely that Hannan's role with the Sharks will be limited next season. At the age of 35, he's more of a mentor for the team's younger players than anything else.
Jul 10 - 4:29 PM

James Sheppard is still upbeat about the San Jose Sharks' chances of winning the Stanley Cup in the near future.

The Sharks management seems to be pushing for a more long-term strategy, but Sheppard expects the team to bounce back after blowing a 3-0 series lead to Los Angeles in the playoffs. "It was important to me stay in San Jose because we have all the ingredients for a championship team," Sheppard said. "Players, coaching, organization and of course the fans. After learning an important lesson last year, I think we are in a position to accomplish what we want, and that is to win." He inked a one-year, $1.3 million extension with the Sharks this summer.
Jul 9 - 10:07 PM

Jason Demers has received his arbitration hearing date.

Demers and the Sharks are scheduled to have their hearing on July 22. He earned $1.5 million in 2013-14 and recorded 34 points in 75 contests.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 5:01 PM

Tomas Hertl isn't expected to take part in the scrimmage on Wednesday at the Sharks' prospect camp because of a knee injury.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson downplayed the problem by calling it a "little tweak." It's not surprising that the Sharks would have Hertl skip the camp entirely over even a minor knee problem. He had a great rookie campaign, but was limited to just 37 games because of a PCL and MCL injury. The last thing the Sharks want to do is have him aggravate his current knee problems for the sake of a summer camp.
Jul 9 - 9:12 AM

James Sheppard's newly inked one-year contract is worth $1.3 million.

Sheppard made $830,000 last season. He's a bottom-six forward that recorded four goals and 20 points in 67 games. He should put up similar offensive numbers in 2014-15.
Jul 8 - 8:22 PM


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